Bone thinning (osteoporosis) - noahbug

Side Effects Associated with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL). Posted on September 8, 2012 View this journey (7 Experiences)

The side effects which I experienced were significant. Although I didn't get violently ill, I experienced liver failure, several GI infections, short term memory loss, significant weight gain, ulcers throughout my mouth and throat, neuropathy, severe fatigue, insomnia, depression and anxiety, loss of all my body hair, fatty liver, thinning bones, bone fractures and Avascular Necrosis of my shoulder and hip joints....the list goes on. Although most of the side effects I experienced resolved themselves over time, my short term memory loss continues to be a nuisance; however, the worst side effect I experienced was the bone necrosis which set in from taking Prednisone. My hip and shoulder joints for ease of explanation, disintegrated. I was in a wheelchair for a year and a half before I could find my angel of an ortho who looked at me as a person and not a disease. Although risky, he agreed to perfom bilateral hip replacements to give me a better quality of life. Sadly, I had several doctors tell me face to face, that because I only had a 20% chance of long term survival, I wasn't worth their time; they felt that I would be gone soon so why waste their time. Amazing. I had always thought that people became doctors to help others and were compassionate people. I quickly and very sadly discovered that they all didn't enter into the medical profession to be altruistic, but because they had an ego that could not be tamed.

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